Don Jones is founder and owner of Pioneer Oil and its sister companies, D.E. Jones, Inc. and Pioneer Oil Field Services, LLC. Pioneer Oil Company was organized in 1979 to own and operate oil wells in the Illinois Basin area. As a fifth generation oil producer, he has applied his talents and resources successfully to create a recognized oil producing business.
Don Jones later acquired Franklin Well Services to provide operational support to Pioneer Oil’s production activities. Today, Franklin Well Services not only supports Pioneer’s production activities but also services the needs of other producers in the region. Due to the growing demand for drilling rigs in the Illinois Basin area and foreseeing increased exploration activities, Don Jones created Pioneer Oil Field Services, LLC in the fall of 2004. To date, Pioneer Oil Field Services operates four drilling rigs full-time.
In 1987, Donald E. Jones, Jr. was nominated for the Illinois Oil and Gas Association’s “Wildcatter of the Year” award for his successful wildcat drilling activities in Edwards County, Illinois. In 2006, Pioneer won the "Facility of the Year" award from the Indiana Oil & Gas Association for the Harmonie State Park facility. Mr. Jones is active on the Board of Directors for both the Illinois Oil & Gas Association and the Indiana Oil & Gas Association. He is also a tremendous asset to his community and participates in several charity programs.